Dr Sonia Shilpi

Dr Sonia Shilpi

Research Associate

Global Centre for Environmental Remediation

Career Summary


Sonia Shilpi is a researcher in environmental remediation since 2012 with better experience in wastewater utilisation, soil science, nutrient management and  bioenergy generation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Master of Science degree in Soil Science from Sher-E-Bangla Agricultural University, Bangladesh, and a PhD in Environmental Remediation from the University of Newcastle. Sonia's research achievements were well recognised with awards National Science and Information & Communication Technology (NSICT) Fellowship (2009) from Government of Bangladesh for conducting her Master's field experiment.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Remediation, University of Newcastle


  • Bio-Energy or Renewable Energy
  • Nutrient Management
  • Phytoremediation
  • Wastewater Management


  • Bengali (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
5/8/2019 - 30/10/2019 Research Associate Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle



Year Award
2017 HDR Conference Scholarship
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle

Research Award

Year Award
2009 National Science and Information & Communication Technology (NSICT)” Fellowship
Ministry of Science and Technology


Year Award
2019 CleanUp 2019 Scholarships
2017 CleanUp 2017 Scholarship
2015 UNIPRS and CRC CARE Scholarship
Global Centre for Environmental Remediation
2015 CleanUp 2015 Conference scholarship
2012 Chinese Government Scholarship 2012/2013 in Bangladesh
Huazhong Agricultural University
2012 University President Scholarship
The University of South Australia


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Umeh AC, Naidu R, Shilpi S, Boateng EB, Rahman A, Cousins IT, et al., 'Sorption of PFOS in 114 Well-Characterized Tropical and Temperate Soils: Application of Multivariate and Artificial Neural Network Analyses', Environmental Science and Technology, 55 1779-1789 (2021) [C1]

The influence of soil properties on PFOS sorption are not fully understood, particularly for variable charge soils. PFOS batch sorption isotherms were conducted for 114 temperate ... [more]

The influence of soil properties on PFOS sorption are not fully understood, particularly for variable charge soils. PFOS batch sorption isotherms were conducted for 114 temperate and tropical soils from Australia and Fiji, that were well-characterized for their soil properties, including total organic carbon (TOC), anion exchange capacity, and surface charge. In most soils, PFOS sorption isotherms were nonlinear. PFOS sorption distribution coefficients (Kd) ranged from 5 to 229 mL/g (median: 28 mL/g), with 63% of the Fijian soils and 35% of the Australian soils showing Kd values that exceeded the observed median Kd. Multiple linear regression showed that TOC, amorphous aluminum and iron oxides contents, anion exchange capacity, pH, and silt content, jointly explained about 53% of the variance in PFOS Kd in soils. Variable charge soils with net positive surface charges, and moderate to elevated TOC content, generally displayed enhanced PFOS sorption than in temperate or tropical soils with TOC as the only sorbent phase, especially at acidic pH ranges. For the first time, two artificial neural networks were developed to predict the measured PFOS Kd (R2 = 0.80) in the soils. Overall, both TOC and surface charge characteristics of soils are important for describing PFOS sorption.

DOI 10.1021/acs.est.0c07202
Co-authors Anthony Umeh, Emmanuel Boateng Uon, Ravi Naidu, Dane Lamb, Sreenivasulu Chadalavada
2019 Shilpi S, Lamb D, Bolan N, Seshadri B, Choppala G, Naidu R, 'Waste to watt: Anaerobic digestion of wastewater irrigated biomass for energy and fertiliser production', Journal of Environmental Management, 239 73-83 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.02.122
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Ravi Naidu, Balaji Seshadri, Nanthi Bolan, Girish Choppala, Dane Lamb
2018 Shilpi S, Seshadri B, Sarkar B, Bolan N, Lamb D, Naidu R, 'Comparative values of various wastewater streams as a soil nutrient source', CHEMOSPHERE, 192 272-281 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.10.118
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Dane Lamb, Nanthi Bolan, Ravi Naidu, Balaji Seshadri
2014 'Genetic Variability, Correlation And Path Co-Efficient Analysis Based On Vegetative Characters In Bottle Gourd (Lagenaria Siceraria L.)', Advance in Agriculture and Biology, 2 (2014)
DOI 10.15192/pscp.aab.2014.2.1-812
Shilpi S, Nuruzzaman M, Akhter F, Islam MN, Sutradher GNC, 'Response of nitrogen and sulfur on the oil content of sesame and nutrient status of soil', International Journal of Bio-resource and Stress Management, 5 041-041
DOI 10.5958/j.0976-4038.5.1.007
R M, 'The Effect of Wastewater Irrigation Rate on Dry Matter Yield of Selected Field Crops', International Journal of Water and Wastewater Treatment, 3
DOI 10.16966/2381-5299.142
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Dr Sonia Shilpi


Research Associate
Global Centre for Environmental Remediation
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Contact Details

Email sonia.shilpi@newcastle.edu.au


Room ATC 120
Building Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308